21 Life-Changing Lessons from Confucius

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By Luminita D. Saviuc | Purpose Fairy

Confucius statue in Confucius Temple in Suzhou (China)

Confucius statue in Confucius Temple in Suzhou (China)

There is a really wonderful quote from Jac Vanek that goes like this: “You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second of every single day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and let the colors fill your mind until there is nothing left to do but explode. There are no wrong answers. Inspiration is everything. Sit back, relax, and take it all in. Now, go out and create something.”

And because I know this to be true, I am constantly collecting quotes from some of the wisest people that ever lived on this planet to share them with all of you, so that we can improve ourselves through their writings and gain easily what they have labored hard for. Today we are learning from Confucius


1. Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.

“Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.” ~ Confucius

2. To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.

“To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.” ~ Confucius

3. Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” ~ Confucius

4. To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.

“To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.” ~ Confucius

5. Forget those who have wronged you but never those who have done you good.

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.” ~ Confucius

6. Keep your heart pure and there’ll be nothing to worry about.

“If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?” ~ Confucius

7. The Superior Man is aware of Righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage.

“The Superior Man is aware of Righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage.” ~ Confucius

8. The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns.

“The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters.” ~ Confucius

9. When you see a worthy person, endeavor to emulate him. When you see an unworthy person, examine your inner self.

“When you see a worthy person, endeavor to emulate him. When you see an unworthy person, then examine your inner self.” ~ Confucius

10. Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~ Confucius

11. He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.

“He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.” ~ Confucius

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  1. I taking a world’s religious class right now. It’s a fun class…

  2. Sometimes all you can do it not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe, and have faith that everything will work out for the best. Believe that if it’s meant to be, it will be.

  3. Morphing like someone by body and mind need not require the science.

    We are seeing in films an actor is performing under the guidance of a director and a good script.

    This is what spirituality says in different languages

  4. RoderickrPhilen@hotmail.com' Deshawn Waroway says:

    Today, we here at  Bright Side would like to present 10 powerful life lessons based on the philosophy of this revered Chinese thinker. When it is obvious that goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, but adjust the action steps.

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